Cruise ships and cruise lines to begin testing their cruise systems
Cruise ships, cruise lines and cruise line operators will begin testing cruise basing systems for cruise ships and other vessels by the end of next year, and the first systems will be operational by the mid-2020s.
The systems will allow cruise ships to dock on land, move on to sea, or dock at a different dock for training, operations and other activities.
A fleet of cruise ships that will be able to dock in California could cost as much as $1 billion per year to operate, according to an analysis of the system’s costs by The Associated Press.
The program to test the systems is part of a $2 billion contract that was awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense to the United States Naval Academy.
The program includes two types of basing platforms: a floating base, which can be moved on a fixed pier and used for training and other operations, and a floating support base, used for launching ships or other large vessels.
The floating support bases are capable of handling up to 150 people and are able to be used to launch and maintain large ships, such as a fleet of vessels, a tanker or a large ship like a cruise ship.
The Navy said the floating support basing system will be used on the USS John F. Kennedy, a Navy warship that is currently undergoing construction at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia.
The ships will be equipped with the floating base and support base.
The floating support infrastructure includes two berths, two firefighting bays, a crew quarters, a life raft and a cargo bay.
The Navy expects the floating platform to be fully operational by 2021.
A cruise ship would be towed by two berthing ships on a floating platform and then could dock at an anchorage.
The Marine Corps plans to begin using the floating platforms by 2021 and to have a fleet capable of operating in the 2020s, said Capt. Brian Strain, spokesman for Marine Corps Forces Europe, the Marine Corps’ maritime force.
The USS John S. McCain, a warship in the fleet, is currently underway at Naval Station Norfolk.
It will use floating platforms, Strain said.
The U.K.-based company, Tullamarine, said the first floating support support base is expected to be completed in 2019.
Tullamander was awarded the contract to test and operate floating support platforms for the Navy by the Pentagon’s Defense Acquisition Office in January.
The company is using a floating deck structure, which is more advanced than a floating floor structure and is able to support a greater number of people.
The Marines are also testing a floating cargo bay for use by the USS Independence, which recently completed its final deployment to the Pacific.
It has four berths and one firefighting bay, but it also has a floating dock and supports up to 20 people.
“We’re getting close to the end,” Strain told The Associated Review on Wednesday.
“It’s going to be a really big deal.”